Tim Eriksen & The Trio de Pumpkintown

Artist / Creative (Individual)

Tim Eriksen & The Trio de Pumpkintown bring a new touch to the solid ground of acoustic folk and Americana. With strings, a varied percussion section, bows, and stunning vocal harmonies, they call on the sometimes rollicking, sometimes tragic atmosphere of New England life, as well as the copious global connections underlying some of America's most stirring songs and dance tunes. Founded in Western Massachusetts in 2012, they performed at the Tapestry of Sacred Music Festival in Singapore last spring and have toured the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and Northwest.

One of the most distinguished performers in American folk music, singer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Eriksen turns tradition into a buzzing revelation with a soaring voice that is both spot-on and raw. With his diverse sound and wide-ranging ideas, Eriksen has played everywhere from rock clubs as the driving force behind the folk-noise band Cordelia's Dad, to jazz clubs in collaboration with master musicians like Latin great Omar Sosa, to major concert halls like Carnegie Hall. He's appeared on both Prairie Home Companion and the Academy Awards, and may be one of the only musicians on earth to have shared the stage with Doc Watson and with Kurt Cobain (not on the same night).

In addition to concerts, Tim Eriksen offers workshops in shape-note singing, ballad singing, voice production, and instrumental accompaniment (banjo, fiddle, guitar).


Primary Discipline

Music - Folk

Additional Disciplines

Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Traditional


Arts Instruction / Lessons
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class


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  • Ph.D., Ethnomusicology - Wesleyan University, expected 2015
  • M.A., Ethnomusicology - Wesleyan University

Professional Associations

  • Americana Music Association

Additional Information

  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Is a Touring Artist
  • Approx. 50 events per year
  • Geographic Reach: Surrounding States/Region, Nationally, Internationally
  • Seasons active: Year round